Call for Submissions Has Been Closed

The Maryland Workforce Association’s, “Raising the Bar” Conference is returning once again. The conference is a great opportunity for in-depth conversations and networking for workforce and educational professionals to discuss innovative workforce development solutions for job seekers, youth, and businesses. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act challenges our system to be creative, flexible, and innovative in the delivery of these solutions. Bring your challenges, ideas and evidence based solutions and join us as we explore promising practices in developing the best workforce system in the Country.

The 2019 Raising the Bar Conference will be September 18-19 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD.

The conference will focus on the development of front line workforce, employment and training staff, identifying innovative practices in workforce development, including sector partnerships, the resurgence and evolution of apprenticeships, industry trends, and in-demand jobs. The conference draws attendees from the entire state of Maryland and nearby states.

Workshop Proposals

Of significant interest are proposals that address innovation, effective delivery of services, and workshops that provide information, tools or ideas that are practical and easily replicated.

The 2019 Raising the Bar Conference will include workshops organized around six tracks and workshops selected will reflect content for beginner, intermediate and expert level professionals.

  • Building an Innovative Workforce System
  • Business and Industry Engagement
  • Developing a New Generation of Leaders
  • Leveraging and Establishing Partnerships
  • Services for WIOA Target Populations
  • Other (please explain)


Workshop audiences will include people interested in learning about innovative methods to serve clients in all aspects of the workforce development system, public policies that support the effective delivery of services, and workshops that provide information, tools or ideas that are practical and easily replicated.

Workshops are 60 minutes and should encompass best practices, which have demonstrated measures of success. All proposals must be submitted through the form below and must be complete.

Workshop titles may be edited to prepare the conference program. Workshop proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on June 28, 2019. EXTENDED to July 9th at 5pm.

Content must be informational and educational, not commercial. Presentations that are sales pitches for products or services will be eliminated from consideration.

Review Process

Raising the Bar’s Conference Committee will evaluate proposals based solely on the infor-mation submitted. Presenters, titles and content are expected to correspond to the pro-posal and substitutions of content or presenters require prior approval. Once a workshop has been accepted, no changes of speakers or workshop content will be allowed without prior approval. Presenters selected will be asked to complete a “Presenter Agreement” form.

Principal presenters will be notified whether their workshops have been accepted by the end of July 19, 2019.

Other Information

Raising the Bar does not subsidize travel, expenses.

  • Presenters will receive FREE conference registration the day/s they are selected to present.
  • AV equipment will be available, however, presenters should bring their own laptop.

For more information, please contact: and include RTB Call for Proposals in the subject line.